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Greek Rescue Team Departs for Lebanon

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Greek rescue team departs for Lebanon at PM Mitsotakis' orders. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

ATHENS -- A fully-equipped Greek Fire Brigade search and rescue team departed for Lebanon on Wednesday morning, in a C-130 military cargo aircraft, at the orders of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis following a consultation with Deputy Civil Protection and Crises Management Minister Nikos Hardalias. The team will take part in the rescue operations to find survivors after the deadly explosion that left scores dead and thousands injured at the port of Beirut on Tuesday evening.

The mission was dispatched rapidly, with Greece responding immediately to the Lebanese government's call for assistance via the European Civil Protection Mechanism.

The Greek team is made up of 12 rescue workers and a dog, two vehicles and special equipment.

The Greek General Secretariat for Civil Protection is in constant contact with Lebanese authorities and the European Civil Protection Mechanism to dispatch further assistance and support if needed.